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Soft proofing in Lightroom for Printing
Soft proofing in Lightroom for Web Display


OEM Profiles

If you are using OEM paper and printer you should find the appropriate profiles for various paper types already installed.
Epson ICC Profiles

Under standing Canon's secret code for its Profiles

MP = Matte Photo Paper
PR = Photo Paper Pro
SP = Photo Paper Plus Glossy
GL = Photo Paper Plus Glossy II
SG = Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss
Numbers appended to the name, e.g. Canon Pro9000 PR1 or 
Canon Pro9000 GL3, refers to the print quality, with 1 the highest quality.

3rd Party Paper and Profiles

Paper manufacturers provide profiles for their "art" and high quality paper

You could of course, if you have the equipment, make your own custom profiles.

polarmatteInstalling on Mac...
Location: ... /Users/user/Library/ColorSync/Profiles

To open the Library folder in the Finder Menu select "Go" and press and hold the Option key this makes your user Library show up in the menu. Clicking on "Library" opens the folder in a Finder window.

profileiconInstalling in Windows
Double click the profile icon.
Location: Windows > System32 > Spool > Drivers > Color

Print Profiles for Clark County Costcos

This is the instructions for prepping and saving images with profiles for printing at Costco


Costco #1086: 19610 SE 1st St., Camas, WA 98607 Phone: 360–258–6240

Printer: Fuji Frontier LP 7900, Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Glossy paper profile, April 29, 2016

Lustre paper profile, April 29, 2016

Printer: Epson 7880 Poster Printer Fujifilm Papers.
Photo Satin paper profile, October 22, 2015 Semi-Gloss Poster Board profile, October 22, 2014
? ← Profile outdated. Pending new prints


Costco #772: 6720 NE 84th St., Vancouver, WA 98665 Phone: 360–828–2269

Printer: Fuji Frontier 570, Fuji Crystal Archive Paper. Glossy paper profile, March 24, 2016

Lustre paper profile, March 24, 2016

Printer: Epson 7890 Poster Printer, Fujifilm Papers. Photo Satin paper profile, July 31, 2015 ← Profiles outdated Semi-Gloss Poster Board profile, July 31, 2015 ← Pending new prints

Lightroom Softproofing

Select and load your image into the Develop Module.
Press the "S" Key

paperwhite-1The background will become "Paper White"! Right clicking on the "Paper White" area pops up a drop down menu and you can choose your shade of Paper White...

There are two reasons why a print is too dark... The monitor is TOO bright. And, here's the a catch-22, on the computer you normally view your images with a DARK background. When you look at a print... it is generally always surrounded by "Paper White" and as a result will look like it's too Dark!

SF-panelIn the Softproof panel.

In the Profile drop down menu select the profile for your paper and printer... In my case I have selected RR(Red River)Polar Matte

Click Create Proof Copy. This will make a virtual copy of your image that will store the adjustments you make to the proofed image.

√ The Simulate Paper & Ink box.

You will see an image that may or may not look significantly different. However, most of the time you'll see how bad your image will look if you print it without making any adjustments.

Overview of the Softproof Screen and Controls


Making Adjustments to the softproof

Rendering Intent: Perceptual or Relative?

Rendering intent:
Methods for dealing with Out of Gamut Colors.
Relative Colorimetric:
Out of Gamut colors are "chopped off" (based on tones from light to dark) The results generally darkens the image.
Perceptual Intent:
Compresses the out of gamut colors according to the print profile (Based on color to color changes ) generally de-saturates and lightens the image.

You have two choices and the choice is yours, based on aesthetics, how the result looks to you! Choose the "Intent" that looks the best to you!

Tweaking the softproof...

The key...

  • Use the Basic Panel
  • Use the Targeted adjustment tools for Tone Controls and HSL!!

  • (1) When using the TAT for HSL panel and you have toggled the split screen (Y key) under the histogram you'll see two RGB values instead of one! (1) is the color in the current view as seen above.
    (2) is the value under the TAT in the Proof Preview...
    This lets you see the changes by the numbers!

  • Be gentle, these are after all "tweaks!"
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  • Adjust Tones using the Tone Curves
  • Adjust Hue, Saturation and Luminance using the HSL Panel
  • Tip:
    • To adjust overall midtones use the Clarity Slider!

The Final Proof



Upsample the PPI in the print module, don't let the printer pipeline do the upsampling!

Soft proofing in Lightroom for Web Display

Select the original enhanced image in the Library and go to the Develop Module

Lightroom's default colorspace is Pro photo RGB (Linear), as a result if you are making web galleries, more than likely your photos will not look very good, even if YOU might have a profiled monitor, the person visiting your website may be using a laptop that can only display 70 - 80% of sRGB!

Select the sRGB color profile. Because you care what you are doing and what you want to show!

and create a new virtual "sRGB profiled image>


The Gamut warnings only show you what colors an sRGB monitor can't display... not by how much!

Use the Lightroom tools to desaturate and lower the luminance of the colors... as best you can...

Export the sRGB profiled image for the web...

And.... heerrrrrrre it is! Proofed sRGB Version


Keyboard Shortcuts

S = Show or Hide Soft proofing

Z = Zoom to 100%

Space Bar = Zoom to Loupe Setting

Y = Before / Proof Preview: Show Split or Side by Side Screen

Shift Y = Shift between Side By Side and Split Screen

Develop Module ShortCuts
Control / (PC)
Command / (Mac)

What If...

There are times when you'll have a photograph with colors that your printer cannot match...

For Example:

If you soft proof... you won't be surprised with the result!